Runway23 - I can call myself an experienced skier, when I was younger I used to compete and had my share of accidents, the worst I had was when an idiot decided it was a smart idea to cross the track while me an my teammates were training for the following day event. I saw him at the very last moment and, to avoid smashing into him, I slammed against a cable car pole, fortunately covered by a protection bumper. I broke my right upper leg, three ribs and two fingers and I consider myself lucky, considered that I was speeding at about 50 MPH.
This to say that the main danger while skiing comes from other skiers. People do very stupid things, for inexperience, stupidity, carelessness. I think a license should be released to skiers after a brief training on some basic -yet very important- issues as "look around", "you're not alone", "watch the signs", "know your skill level, don't self-train, get an instructor"... This would significantly decrease the number of accidents and improve everyone's enjoyment methinks.
Also placing protections such as nets and bumpers alone is not enough, a lot of attention should be put in safety issues BEFORE starting the project of a new track.
Last but not least: Do not go skiing off-track without an experienced guide. Too many stupid deaths by avalanches here.
BTW, I love Switzerland for skiing!!!
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